Posts Tagged ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’

Synrgic launches Android Uno – Singapore’s first smartphone

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Synrgic Uno can be purchased from today online for US$320 (S$400) with free international shipping. The phone is designed and developed in Singapore and manufactured in Korea.

The Synrgic Uno is available from today at US$320 (S$400).

The Synrgic Uno is available from today at US$320 (S$400).

The Android 4 ICS smartphone has a 4.7-inch 16:9 S-IPS LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass) with 1280 x 720 pixels.

Market positioning

Affordably priced at S$400, the Synrgic Uno is positioned more as an entry-level smartphone amongst against the likes of Nokia’s Lumia 520, Sony Xperia L and Samsung GALAXY Express.

Synrgic UnoThe specs are remarkably similar to the LG 4X HD.

It certainly does not have any pretensions to challenge flagship models such as Lumia 920, Xperia Z, HTC One and GALAXY S4.

Synrgic’s stated main markets are therefore Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and China, rather than brand-conscious Singapore.

The Synrgic Uno has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera (capable of capturing 1080p Full HD video).

Hands on

The Synrgic Uno measures 135 x 71 x 9.5 mm and weighs only 133g with the removable 2,300 mAh Li-Po battery.

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Tomorrow! Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE arrives in Singapore

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE will hit the shelves in Singapore tomorrow. The tablet will be available at S$998 (without contract), in deep grey.

The deep grey Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE Android tablet will be available in Singapore from tomorrow at S$998 (without contract).

The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE Android tablet will be available in Singapore from tomorrow at S$998 (without contract).

Introduced back in late August last year (in the WiFi and 3G+WiFi configurations), the LTE+WiFi version of the GALAXY Note 10.1 will be available in Singapore from tomorrow.

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ASUS launches PadFone 2 smartphone tablet hybrid with StarHub Singapore

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The LTE-capable ASUS PadFone 2 is an Android 4 smartphone with a 4.7” display, with a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, along with a 13MP camera. Slot it behind the docking Station and the combo becomes a 10.1” tablet.

Pre-orders begin tomorrow with deliveries on 22 November, either from StarHub or retailers. Prices range from S$848 (32GB phone) to S$1,239 (64GB phone + Station).

Update (11 January, 2013):

The Pearl White model will be available in Singapore from 12 January at the prices listed below.

ASUS will also be rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for PadFone 2 on the same day. The update will be made over the air, with users prompted to receive the Jelly Bean update.

The PadFone 2 has also just won the CES Innovations Award 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA during CES 2013.

ASUS PadFone 2 - hybrid smartphone/tablet for the best of both form factors.

ASUS PadFone 2 – hybrid smartphone/tablet for the best of both form factors.

In line with its tradition of innovation, the ASUS PadFone 2 offers the portability of a smartphone and the larger screen estate of a tablet when the phone is docked in.

RRP for Open Channels 32GB 64GB
PadFone 2 + PadFone 2 Station S$1,099 S$1,239
PadFone 2 S$848 S$988
PadFone 2 Station S$328

The Station only works with the phone docked in and serves to provide a larger screen and additional battery power.

ASUS PadFone 2 Android smartphone will be available in Singapore on 22 November.

ASUS PadFone 2 Android smartphone will be available in Singapore on 22 November.

The Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich can be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

Pre-order promotion

To pre-order, register your interest at the ASUS Singapore Facebook page or StarHub website.

Registered customers who purchase the device can receive a 2-in-1 Stylus Pen (worth S$28) and PadFone 2 Station Sleeve (worth S$68) for free.

This promotion is only valid from 16 to 20 November, while stocks last.

It runs on a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait (Cortex-A15 class) quad-core processor with Adreno 320 Graphics.

The PadFone 2 comes with either 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash, 2GB LPDDR2 RAM, and 2years of 50GB ASUS WebStorage.

Available only in black, the phone accepts a Micro SIM and has a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display at 312 ppi resolution, and 500 nits brightness Super IPS+.

ASUS PadFone 2
OS Android 4.0 (ICS)
Screen (phone) 4.7″ Super IPS+
Resolution (phone) 1280 x 720
Screen (Station) 10.1″ IPS
Resolution (Station) 1280 x 800
Battery (phone & Station) 2,140 & 5000 mAh
Processor 1.5 GHz quad-core
Features LTE, NFC, Micro SIM
Camera Rear: 13 MP
Front: 1.2, 1.3MP
Video 1080p HD
Memory RAM: 2 GB
Int: 32 or 64 GB
Ext: Nil
Size /mm (phone) 137.9 x 68.9 x 9
Weight (phone) 135 g
Size /mm (Station) 263 x 180.8 x 10.4
Weight (Station) 514 g
Price see other table

The docking Station has a 10.1-inch IPS display (1280 x 800 pixels) at 149 ppi resolution.

Both displays use scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass with anti-fingerprint coating.

Imaging-wise, both share the massive 13-megapixel rear camera on the phone, while the phone and the Station has 1.2MP and 1MP front cameras respectively.

The f/2.4 aperture rear camera can shoot up to 100 shots at 6 fps in burst mode, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video.

The phone and the Station has 2140mAh and 5000mAh batteries respectively.

At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is lighter than most tablets in the market.

StarHub is the only Telco offering the PadFone 2, as was the case with the original PadFone.

Authorised retailers will also begin selling the devices (without line) at the time as StarHub, on 22 November.

This will allow existing subscribers of other Telcos to purchase the PadFone 2 at the same time as StarHub subscribers.

Both StarHub and ASUS are accepting pre-orders from tomorrow.

The launch event for the ASUS PadFone 2 in Singapore.

 

New Android smartphone: Sony Xperia SL from Sony Mobile in Singapore

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Sony Xperia SL is now available in Singapore in black, dark silver and pink at a recommended retail price of S$668 (without contract) at Xperia Concept Stores, Sony Stores and Sony Centres.

The new Sony Xperia SL from Sony Mobile comes in black (not shown above), dark silver or pink.

The new Sony Xperia SL from Sony Mobile comes in black (not shown above), dark silver or pink.

Based on the popular Xperia S, the new Xperia SL boasts a sharp 4.3-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

Sony Xperia SL
OS Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Screen 4.3″ 720p HD TFT
Resolution 1280 x 720 (342ppi)
Battery 1,750 mAh, embedded
Processor 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core
Features NFC
Camera Rear: 12 MP
Front: 1.3 MP
Video 1080p HD
Memory Int: 32 GB
Ext:
Size /mm 128 x 64 x 10.6
Weight 144 g
Colour Black, Dark Silver, Pink
Price S$668

The 720p HD TFT display (1280 x 720 pixels, 342 ppi) has 16 million colours and has a shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass.

HD content can be shared through DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync through quick and easy streaming to other screens.

Xperia SL features a 12MP fast capture camera that goes from sleep to snap in just over a second with a single key press.

The smartphone runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core processor, with 32GB eMMC flash storage and NFC.

Xperia SL is PlayStation Certified.

Three new media applications – WALKMAN”, “ALBUM” and “MOVIES” – provide enhanced entertainment experiences, and shares content amongst friends via social media connectivity.

New Android smartphone: LG Optimus G, its new flagship LTE device

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

LG has launched the Optimus G in Seoul, Korea today. Available in Korea next week and in key global markets in October.

The Optimus G is LG's new flagship smartphone model, with 1.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

The Optimus G is LG’s new flagship smartphone model, with 1.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

LG Optimus G
OS Android 4.0.4 (ICS)
Screen 4.7″ WXGA, True HD IPSPlus
Resolution 1280 x 768
Battery 2,100 mAh, sealed
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
Features LTE, NFC
Camera Rear: 13 MP*
Front: 1.3 MP
Video 1080p Full HD
Memory RAM: 2 GB
Int: 32 GB
Ext: Nil
Size /mm 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45
Weight 145 g
Price TBA
* In certain markets, the phone could be shipped with an 8 MP camera.

The Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phone has a camera that shoots an amazing 13 megapixels while the sealed battery is rated at 2,100 mAh.

The Optimus G has a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels) screen and is only 8.45mm thin.

It is both LTE and NFC capable.

LG’s new flagship smartphone leverages the powerful 1.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU to provide speedy performance and a sleek user experience.

LG boasts that the Optimus G goes beyond multi-taking into “cross-tasking” of activities without limitations.

According to LG: whereas multi-tasking applies to running various applications at the same time, cross-tasking applies to complex tasks that can be completed simultaneously without having to compromise other tasks.

Some new UX features that will be included into the Optimus G to showcase its cross-tasking and engaging capabilities are listed below.

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TODAY! Xperia tipo dual smartphone available in Singapore

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The Xperia tipodual from Sony Mobile is now available in Singapore. The dual-SIM smartphone is available in black or silver at S$268 (without contract) at M1.

Only the dual-SIM version of the Xperia tipo dual is available in Singapore.

Only the dual-SIM version of the Xperia tipo dual is available in Singapore.

The dual-SIM version of Sony Mobile’s Xperia tipo has hit the shelves in Singapore.

Sony Mobile Xperia tipodual
OS Android 4.0 (ICS)
Screen 3.2″ TFT
Resolution 320 x 480
Battery 1,500 mAh
Processor 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225AA
Camera Rear: 3.2 MP
Front: Nil
Video VGA (640 x 480)
Memory Int: 2.9 GB
Ext: 32 GB microSD
Size /mm 103 x 57 x 13
Weight 99.4 g
Price S$268

The Xperia tipodual is available at M1, Xperia Concept Stores, Sony Stores and Sony Centres.

Running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the Xperia tipodual accepts two SIM cards and allows users to easily change from one network to another.

This can be done by simply pressing a dedicated button on the smartphone

There is no need to switch off and on the phone or go through complicated menu-selections.

The Xperia tipodual has a 3.2-inch display, 3.2-megapixel camera and 1,500mAH battery.

The smartphone comes with a dedicated setup guide, and a built-in application enabling users to monitor their data usage and battery life.

New Android tablet: Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Having created a niche with the 5-inch GALAXY Note that straddled between a 7-inch tablet and a 3.5-inch smartphone, Samsung has introduced the 10.1-inch version of the GALAXY Note.

There will be three configurations: the WiFi/16GB (S$798) and 3G+WiFi/16GB (S$998) versions will be available on 25 August, while the LTE+WiFi version will be released later in the year.

Update (4 January, 2013): 

The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE will hit the shelves in Singapore from 5 Jaunary 2013. The tablet will be available at S$998 (without contract), in deep grey.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 was launched in Singapore today.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 was launched in Singapore today.

Hitherto, most people have used tablets as a content consuming tool – checking emails, surfing the Web, viewing photos, reading documents and ebooks, playing back videos and music.

I tried out the GALAXY Note 10.1 during its launch in Singapore today. I found it to be extremely responsive, comparable to a Wacom graphics tablet. The Photoshop Touch was also fast and easy to use, making photo editing pleasant and fun on a tablet.

In terms of content creation, some type short notes and emails using the onscreen keyboard, while those who write longer text documents type them out by connecting an external keyboard.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1
OS Android 4.0.4 (ICS)
Screen 10.1″ WXGA LCD +Digitizer
Resolution 1280 x 800
Battery 7,000 mAh
Processor 1.4 GHz Quad-core
Camera Rear: 5mp
Front: 1.9mp
Video Full HD(1080p)
Memory Int: 16 GB,
RAM: 2 GB
Ext: Up to 32 GB microSD
Size /mm 262 x 180 x 600
Weight 597 g

Price

3G/WiFi: S$998,
WiFi: S$798

The GALAXY Note 10.1 tries to make possible serious content creation using a tablet.

From note-taking via typing or handwriting with a stylus, research and clipping from the Web using S Note app, to powerful photo-editing using Photoshop Touch.

What differentiates the GALAXY Note 10.1 from the GALAXY Tab 10.1? It’s the combination of the stylus (S Pen) and the user interface that integrates with the stylus.

The GALAXY Note 10.1 comes with 2i-screen multi-tasking, where two apps are displayed running side-by-side on the screen, and videos can be displayed on a floating window for a picture-in-picture effect.

As for other Samsung products, users will be able to access the edutainment content and apps available on the Samsung Learning Hub.

For more details about the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, read the press release below.

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Update: LG Optimus Vu: to make global debut

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Optimus Vu: will have the 4-PLUS-1 NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor and Android 4.0 (ICS) OS when the 5-inch smartphone heads out of Korea and Japan to make its global debut in September.

The LG Optimus Vu: comes with a 5-inch, 4:3 ration IPS display.

The LG Optimus Vu: comes with a 5-inch, 4:3 ration IPS display.

I last wrote about the LG Optimus Vu: half a year ago in February, when it was unveiled ahead of MWC 2012, and slotted to be introduced in Korea in March.

At that time, it only had a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

Since then, more than 500,000 units of the Optimus Vu: has been sold in Korea while it has been launched in Japan this month.

The LG Optimus Vu: sports a 5-inch display – slightly broader but smaller than the 5.3-inch Samsung GALAXY Note.

The 4:3 ratio IPS display will work well with an upgraded version of QuickMemo and Notebook – two features that maximises the use of the large screen.

The Optimus Vu: will make its debut in select markets in Europe, Asia (including Singapore), Middle East, Africa and Latin America in September.

TODAY! Xperia ion, Xperia go and Xperia acro S arrive in Singapore

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Sony Mobile Communications today announced the official launch of the three Android smartphones in Singapore. The Xperia ion (S$798), Xperia acro S (S$698) and Xperia go (S$488) are available from today.

The Sony Xperia ion, Xperia go, and Xperia acro S are available in Singapore from today at all Sony stores, Sony centres, Xperia concept stores and operator stores.

The Sony Xperia ion, Xperia go, and Xperia acro S are available in Singapore from today at all Sony stores, Sony centres, Xperia concept stores and operator stores.

The Xperia ion is Sony Mobile’s new flagship smartphone and offers a brilliant HD experience on a large 4.6-inch screen.

The Xperia go and Xperia acro S are water and dust resistant.

Sony Mobile RRP Colours
Xperia ion S$798 Black
Xperia acro S S$698 Black and White
Xperia go S$488 Black, White and Yellow

* Prices do not include line contract.

These three smartphones were among six that Sony Mobile showcased in Singapore back in June.

New Android smartphone: LG Optimus 4X HD

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

LG will debut its first Quad-Core smartphone in Singapore on 28 July. The Android 4.0 smartphone has an RRP of S$738 and comes with a free leather case, while stocks last.

LG Optimus 4X HD Android smartphone, available on 28 July, 2012.

LG Optimus 4X HD Android smartphone, available on 28 July, 2012.

The Optimus 4X HD runs on NVIDIA’s 4-PLUS-1 Quad-Core mobile processor – the Tegra 3. This is the same processor that is used in powerful tablet computers.

Key Specifications
OS Android 4.0 (ICS)
Screen 4.7″ IPS
Resolution 1280 x 720
Battery 2,150 mAh
Processor 1.5 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
Camera Rear: 8mp
Front: 1.3mp
Video 1080p
Memory Int: 12 GB
Ext: 64 GB microSD
Size /mm 132.4 x 68.1 x 9.19
Weight 141 g
Price S$738

The 1.5GHz Tegra 3 automatically activates all four cores when maximum power is needed but defaults to a fifth, battery-saver core when less power is required, such as during standby mode or music playback mode.

The Optimus 4X HD has a large 4.7-inch IPS display with a high resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, giving a high pixel density of 313 ppi.

The 16:9 Stripe RGB IPS Panel offers sharper and crisper text. The smartphone also comes with a huge 2,150mAh battery.

The LG Optimus 3.0 UI includes QuickMemo which lets users instantly jot memos or notes from any screen, without having to open a separate application.

The smartphone also comes with MediaPlex, which combines a range of functions to enhance image and video playback such as Fingertip Seek and Live Zooming.

MediaPlex also includes Time Catch Shot, which allows one to select and save the best shot among the images taken just before the shutter button is depressed.